Date: Fri, 20 Jan 1995 10:27:09 EST From: Bruce Southard Subject: Re: 2 pl Dennis Baron's remarks about "you guys" as a developing masculine generic brought to mind my Illinois-raised wife's story of teaching at the University of Richmond in the late 60's. She apparently announced that "you guys" will have a test next Thursday and was surprised when none of the women showed up for class. When this construction is introduced to a non-"you guys" speech area, will it be interpreted as a generic? Regards, Bruce Southard Bruce Southard English Department East Carolina University ensoutha[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ecuvm1 ensoutha[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 919-757-6041 919-757-4889 (FAX)